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A New Definition of a Shoe Tree...With Rollerblades (Inline Skates)

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Now for something a bit lighter. I thought I knew what a shoe tree was, but I was wrong! Sometimes when skating we see shoe power lines and I wonder what kid cried over that loss, but this is pretty amazing stuff. I guess a lot of drinks and bets went down at the old disc golf course. Who knew? Maybe the golfers ended up in the weed(s)? It would be cool to have a tree of "misbegotten speed boots" or a rec boot tree...but I guess giving them away or ebaying them (almost the same?) is a better option...keep the wheels on the streets and feet.


San Diego Union Tribune

'Shoe tree' toppled
San Diego Union Tribune, United States - 6 hours ago
Hundreds of pairs of shoes – sneakers, high heels, Rollerblades, you name it – hung from its branches. For some reason, people tossed their shoes onto the ...
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Location

Morely Field Disc Golf Course
Pershing Drive at Redwood St
San Diego, California
United States
32° 44' 12.4404" N, 117° 8' 6.3564" W

Comments

eebee's picture

Junk Sculptures

Well that looks a whole lot more elegant than (Georgia) Stone Mountain Park's 'Gum Rock', about two-thirds of the way up the mountain. Here's a picture of the nearby 'Gum Tree', which is actually a cable pole decorated with gasping hikers' stale gum. The Gum Rock of course is a huge boulder covered in the same.
timv's picture

Sneakers on Power Lines

> Sometimes when skating we see shoe power lines and I wonder what kid cried over that loss...

You aren't the only one who has wondered about this.

Legend: Old running shoes hanging from trees and power lines are 'gang signs.'
 
Origins: All across the United States, you'll encounter discarded shoes hanging from wires, poles, and trees. Theories as to what these shoes signify abound, but, contrary to what one hears, there's no one right answer. Who put the shoes there and why? The list of explanations goes on. Suggestions include:
  • It's the work of gangs marking the boundaries of their territory.
  • Bullies take them off defenceless kids, then sling them up out of reach as the ultimate taunt.
  • Gang members create an informal memorial at the spot where a friend lost his life.
  • Crack dealers festoon wires to advertise their presence in the neighborhood.
  • The shoes increase wire visibility for low-flying aircraft.
  • Overly puffed-up boys who have just lost their virginity or otherwise passed a sexual milestone look to signal the event to others.
  • Graduating seniors mark this transition in their lives by leaving something of themselves behind; namely, their shoes.
  • Kids do it just because it's fun. And besides, what else are you going to do with a worn-out pair of sneakers other than tie the laces together and toss them high?
roadskater's picture

My Name Is Earl's Shoes on a Wire

OK not really, but while watching "My Name Is Earl," I heard another explanation. In answer to a "what are the chances" question, Joy's answer was "about the same as he spontaneously combusted" or similar. Darnell says "the government doesn't want you to know there's a lot more spontaneous combustion than you think. That's why you see so many tennis shoes on power lines," or words to that effect. OK. Now I understand!
roadskater's picture

Another Shoe Tree Falls to Vandals

It looks like another shoe tree has been hacked down. Some local businesses say it brought visitors and money to their deserted place. Perhaps someone not liking visitors did the work. If they had to get rid of the shoes and skates and slippers and else, OK, maybe, but sad about the tree.

 

Beloved roadside landmark destroyed - SFGate.com (blog) - 


Stuff.co.nz

Beloved roadside landmark destroyed
SFGate.com (blog)
No longer will little kids be able to gawk at the tennis shoes, sandals, ballet slippers, cowboy boots, Rollerblades, and so forth hanging amid the leaves....
People express sadness with Shoe Tree cuttingLahontan Valley News

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